The Google Culture is a big supporter of the Obama Culture except when it comes to taxes. According to a report, “Google Inc. (GOOG) avoided about $2 billion in worldwide income taxes in 2011 by shifting $9.8 billion in revenues into a Bermuda shell company, almost double the total from three years before, filings show.”

Google isn’t the only left-leaning American company working hard to avoid taxes. “At a hearing last month in the U.K., members of Parliament pressed executives from Google, Seattle-based Inc. (AMZN) and Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) to explain why they don’t pay more taxes there. . . . In the wake of the parliamentary hearing, the House of Commons issued a report last week declaring that multinationals ‘do not pay their fair share’ of tax.”

French actor Gerard Depardieu has bought a home and set up legal residence in the small town of Nechin, Belgium. Daniel Senesael, Nechin’s mayor, says that Depardieu was “lured by the food, the people, the lifestyle — and lower tax rates than back home.”